Monday, 23 April 2012

Chocolate fangs

Inspired by Miss Eva's tutorials for Sugar skulls and Bloody brain skull ice cubes I have made some chocolate fangs =]

I made these using an ice cube tray I got from Poundland.

I simply melted white chocolate and poured it into the teeth, then set it in the fridge. I repeated the process with milk chocolate and Ta-Dah!

Next time I will stir the chocolate to remove air bubbles; the teeth are a little deformed!

Sunday, 22 April 2012

Dublin's fair city

I'm sorry that it's taken a couple of days but here are some photos from my trip to Ireland.

This is a picture I took through the window of the coach on the way to the hotel. Thought it was amusingly appropriate! (Sorry about the over-editing, it was the only way I could get the letters to show clearly).

We went to Trinity College, which was beautiful and the Book of Kells was amazing but I could't take pictures there (vellum and flash photography is a bad combination)

The next day I went to Glasnevin Cemetery, which was completely wonderful. It's so good to see how well the cemtery is being cared for; a huge restoration project is underway and the museum is very informative.

Here is it in all it's glory:

We also went on a couple of day trips out of the city, the best took one took us into the Wicklow Mountains.

Whilst there we visited Glendalough which was quite possibly the most magical place I've ever visited; the crumbling ruins and forest of headstones framed by purple mountains.

I really had a great time and I'm looking forward to going back to Dublin again next year.

Sunday, 15 April 2012

The Emerald Isle awaits...

I'm flying to Dublin tomorrow to spend a week with my mum exploring.

I don't know if I will have internet access while I'm away so there may not be any blog updates this week.
However when I get back I promise there will be more beautiful cemetery pictures of Glasnevin Cemetery.

I'm currently packing...
I managed to get my top hat in my case (which looks like a pink and black leather trunk on wheels) by filling it with underwear and cushioning round it with tights. Goth holiday dilemmas eh?

Monday, 9 April 2012

Of the return of Subculture and ageing

Today (Ok, yesterday because it's now after midnight) I turned 22.
I'm not really very good at celebrating birthdays but I spent today with family and that was perfect.

I did however go out clubbing on Saturday because my favourite clubnight Subculture has returned to its original and rightful home. With the same old crowd and the same mix of music. I've been going to it since I was 14 (because they used to do an under 18's night called Teenculture too) and it feels like home. In fact I spent half my teenage years in that venue at gig's and clubnights.

This made me a very happy bunny, as you can see:

And then the shots kicked in:

Can't quite believe I'm voluntarily posting that one, but it does give you an idea of my sheer joy at being back in the grottiest club in B'ham dancing to old favourite tunes blasted out at an insanely loud volume. Also I was playing the top hat drinking game.1 top hat insult from a stanger = 1 shot, insult type influences the choice of shot e.g. slash comment means JD or tequila from a dirty glass (I assume that all glasses in that venue are less than hygienic, if the carpet is anything to go by...), Alice in Wonderland = something brightly coloured and suspicious looking, I went for blackcurrant aftershock etc etc.

Also I'm rather proud of the outfit. I think it's rather like the ringmaster of a burlesque circus as envisaged by Tim Burton. There aren't any good pictures of it but the dress was made out of many layers of ruffley netting with spots on it. Yay ruffles!

Top hat: Clothes show
Jacket: Early Birthday present from my mum (once again showing how awesome she is)
Dress: 3 quid in a charity shop, originally H&M
Necklace: Present from my friend Natalie, who makes beautiful jewellery (Tillie'sTrinkets). She's on the left in the photo below.
Hair: Dyed with Colour Crazy Vermillion Red. My entire bathroom is now faintly orange...

What do you guys think, good hair colour? Any suggestions of non-peroxide, non-ammonia dyes that might be better are greatly appreciated.

Friday, 6 April 2012

Return to civilisation...

I have been staying with my Mum in Filey, a little seaside town in Yorkshire.

Unfortunately this meant I just spent a week without internet.

I'm still traumatised.

I hope to recover from the shock of living in the dark ages (seriously I had forgotten how hard it is to write an essay without google!) and get back to blogging soon.

In the meantime here is a picture of Filey I took last summer when the weather was better!